27 January 2014
UnitedFuture leader Peter
Dunne describes Labour’s Best Start policy as a
“curate’s egg” – good in some parts, but not
“UnitedFuture supports the
extension of Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks (our own policy
is to extend it to 12 months), as well as the provision of
free antenatal services, which is a positive step towards
ensuring children get the best start in life.
the cash for kids baby bonus is just a crass
“Using the funding committed to this policy could
have been better used to cut tax rates, or to fund the
further extension of Paid Parental Leave,” he
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Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance
Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel.
Ludicrously, the public has been given exactly one day to make submissions on these major infringements of their civil liberties. Despite Finlayson’s misleading signals on RNZ that these are only stopgaps until next year’s full review of our security laws, the measures in question will not, in fact, expire until 2018.
Why the insane rush? Good question. More>>